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The No-Nonsense Guide For Country Dreamers Though moving to the country takes determination, every ex-urbanite says it was the best decision they ever made. The same rings true for Alissa Hessler, who relocated from Seattle to rural Maine years ago and has never looked back. In this book she uses her wit, charm and experience to help you chart a path to successful coun The No-Nonsense Guide For Country Dreamers Though moving to the country takes determination, every ex-urbanite says it was the best decision they ever made. The same rings true for Alissa Hessler, who relocated from Seattle to rural Maine years ago and has never looked back. In this book she uses her wit, charm and experience to help you chart a path to successful country living. Ditch the City and Go Country covers the ins and outs of how to find a home, how to keep your current job remotely or where to look for a new one, how to own livestock and prepare for disasters, how to make a smooth transition and become a part of your new community and how to embrace the seasons. With this must-have guide, you’ll be able to stop daydreaming and finally live the life you’ve always wanted in the country. Alissa Hessler was inspired to launch her blog Urban Exodus after relocating to Maine in 2011. She has been featured in Modern Farmer, Popular Photography, Click Magazine and Maine Home.


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The No-Nonsense Guide For Country Dreamers Though moving to the country takes determination, every ex-urbanite says it was the best decision they ever made. The same rings true for Alissa Hessler, who relocated from Seattle to rural Maine years ago and has never looked back. In this book she uses her wit, charm and experience to help you chart a path to successful coun The No-Nonsense Guide For Country Dreamers Though moving to the country takes determination, every ex-urbanite says it was the best decision they ever made. The same rings true for Alissa Hessler, who relocated from Seattle to rural Maine years ago and has never looked back. In this book she uses her wit, charm and experience to help you chart a path to successful country living. Ditch the City and Go Country covers the ins and outs of how to find a home, how to keep your current job remotely or where to look for a new one, how to own livestock and prepare for disasters, how to make a smooth transition and become a part of your new community and how to embrace the seasons. With this must-have guide, you’ll be able to stop daydreaming and finally live the life you’ve always wanted in the country. Alissa Hessler was inspired to launch her blog Urban Exodus after relocating to Maine in 2011. She has been featured in Modern Farmer, Popular Photography, Click Magazine and Maine Home.

30 review for Ditch the City and Go Country: How to Master the Art of Rural Life From a Former City Dweller

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Not a bad book, just nothing new. The book jumped around a lot. When I read the author's bio and found out she was a blogger, I wasn't surprised because reading the book felt like I was reading a blog. I disagreed with some of the information the author gives regarding growing vegetables and the information that works in her ecoregion will not work in many other regions of the country. I thought that the helpful tips sections where pretty simplistic. Here are helpful tips for winter: 1. Put your Not a bad book, just nothing new. The book jumped around a lot. When I read the author's bio and found out she was a blogger, I wasn't surprised because reading the book felt like I was reading a blog. I disagreed with some of the information the author gives regarding growing vegetables and the information that works in her ecoregion will not work in many other regions of the country. I thought that the helpful tips sections where pretty simplistic. Here are helpful tips for winter: 1. Put your clothes in the dryer for a few minutes before putting them on in the morning--it's like giving yourself a warm hug. 2. Put a small space heater in your bathroom to make the dry off after your morning or evening showered more enjoyable. 3. Make jam out of summer's frozen berries............ and so on. It just wasn't the book for me, sorry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    A light hearted read packed with things to remember (and do!) if you take the leap and move out of a densely populated urban area. Having grown up in California '80s urban sprawl there were a number of things i've never experienced which were helpful to know like: there will be mice / rats in the house no matter what, my land might have it's own road that i need to maintain and the amount of driving considered normal. Alissa presents these in a clear and matter-of-fact way without making you run A light hearted read packed with things to remember (and do!) if you take the leap and move out of a densely populated urban area. Having grown up in California '80s urban sprawl there were a number of things i've never experienced which were helpful to know like: there will be mice / rats in the house no matter what, my land might have it's own road that i need to maintain and the amount of driving considered normal. Alissa presents these in a clear and matter-of-fact way without making you run for the hills, just be prepared.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book is probably best used as a vocabulary reference and best practices guide. It covers a lot and didn't go into anything too thoroughly. So, additional information (probably via YouTube) would be necessary, I imagine. Certain passages described things I've experienced, despite not being in a rural area. Other things I thought could still be applicable. However, I'm not about to leave my current area, much less move to a rural one. It was still interesting to read, if only to witness a diff This book is probably best used as a vocabulary reference and best practices guide. It covers a lot and didn't go into anything too thoroughly. So, additional information (probably via YouTube) would be necessary, I imagine. Certain passages described things I've experienced, despite not being in a rural area. Other things I thought could still be applicable. However, I'm not about to leave my current area, much less move to a rural one. It was still interesting to read, if only to witness a different outlook on life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This is a rare book that doesn't gloss over the pain and discomfort of transplanting. Many people move away from their comfort zones for work, family or a change of pace and this author knows how it feels. The book discusses many details about adjusting and encourages the reader, or contemplator, with great stories and ideas for actually making a life changing move from a rural life to a small community. Good enough to buy and keep on hand if not for myself for anyone who might be considering a This is a rare book that doesn't gloss over the pain and discomfort of transplanting. Many people move away from their comfort zones for work, family or a change of pace and this author knows how it feels. The book discusses many details about adjusting and encourages the reader, or contemplator, with great stories and ideas for actually making a life changing move from a rural life to a small community. Good enough to buy and keep on hand if not for myself for anyone who might be considering a move like this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hallie

    A person can dream, right?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    Living at 9,000 feet I found this book to be the "bible" of going "off grid". Purchased it immediately. Living at 9,000 feet I found this book to be the "bible" of going "off grid". Purchased it immediately.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Holly Link

    Really enjoyed this book. Talks about the realities of city to country transition. Just the introduction and inspiration I needed before taking the leap.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  9. 5 out of 5

    christinemm

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    It was recommended to me as a memoir, which it isn’t. If you’re looking for short, pretty obvious tips, you’d like this book. The photos made it worth reading through.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

  12. 4 out of 5

    Derek

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina Dellafemina

  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Underwood

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Moiz Jamaly

  22. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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